Hungry Monster [Pyaasa Haiwan] (2003) Kanti Shah Hindi Sleaze
original Indian/Hindu title PYAASA HAIWAN [Hungry Monster]
also known as A MONSTER IN THE MANSION
director: Kanti Shah
starring: Vinod Tripathi · Sapna Sappu · Kanti Shah · Randhir Singh
though he is India's top exploitation/cult director, the rest of the world
may not be ready for Kanti Shah. His movies are among the most bizarre
productions on the planet. Yet they are ABSOLUTELY
not for everyone.
Tripathi plays at least 4 characters in this film, including a ferocious
monster in [half] a bear suit. He is also a character named Ajit, cursed
to become the aforementioned monster after getting caught raping the maid
and then spying on his brother's lovemaking. The hairy monster haunts
the house and wrecks havoc against anyone engaging in sexual behavior
on the premises, which - of course - leads to more rape and murder. Lots
of people challenge the monster. Some of them successfully kill it, but
the monster always comes back stronger than ever. The film's structure
is very similar to other Kanti Shah projects [Sapna Sappu in many revealing
bare-dare outfits, Vinod Tripathi playing multiple roles, several nameless
women engaged in uncontrollable sex without fully removing their clothes,
endless bikini posing scenes, etc.] If you want to give this director
a try, here is the best place to start because [at least] this film has
a plot while earlier Shah productions do not.
movie also gives the International audience a glimpse as to WHY Kanti
Shah movies are so damn popular in India. While it's true that he is not
the first director to make such a film [nor will he be the last], the
reason Shah has become so famous is he brings underlying Indian sexual
and male fantasies to the forefront. These movies are ultimately gritty
and very sleazy. Men are often bare-chested and sweaty; women are either
sexed-up or impossibly docile. But a sexual encounter is ultimately the
common denominator. These types of characters are found in countless softcore
sex books still selling in rural India today. Kanti Shah packaged those
fantasies and brought them to the big screen (not unlike the early Russ
Meyer projects in America).
note towards understanding and appreciating Shah's alien landscape:
All the actors say [shout] their lines while facing the camera directly.
Who knows why Shah uses this unusual technique. Perhaps he thinks it's
the best way for his mostly inexperienced performers to emote. But very
quickly you'll become agitated and uncomfortable by this style. Maybe
that's Kanti Shah's goal, to somehow make everybody seem more human, despite
the imposing artificial narrative.
with English subtitles, fully uncut 106 min,
widescreen, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine
Extras include theatrical trailers.
SemiNudity (No Full Nudity in Hindi films)/Sexual Brutality
Rape/Drugs/Strong Sexual Situations
Intended for Mature Audiences